AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Welcomes Sixties Scoop Court Decision: “Children of the Sixties Scoop Deserve Justice”

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed today’s decision by the Ontario Superior Court in the Sixties Scoop class-action lawsuit. “Children of the Sixties Scoop deserve justice, healing and reconciliation,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. “The Sixties Scoop was part of an ongoing attempt by Canada to rob First Nations children of their language, their rights and their identity. Children have the right to speak their language and stay connected to their heritage. Reconciliation means justice for the Sixties Scoop survivors. It means strengthening and valuing First Nations languages and cultures. It means creating hope and opportunity for First Nations children. Today’s decision is a step towards reconciliation.” The decision by the Ontario Superior Court today deals with Canada’s practice in the 1960s and ‘70s of removing…

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